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Week Nine: New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts- Open Thread

New England Patriots (8-0) at Indianapolis Colts (7-0)
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Week Nine: New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

Location: RCA Dome  Indianapolis, IN

Kick-off time: 4:15 pm ET

Broadcast: CBS

Key Injuries: For the past week, we've heard more rumors about Marvin Harrison than we did throughout his entire career. Now, ESPN's resident Jerry Jones ballboy, Ed Werder, is claiming Marvin Harrison's knee is very hurt and that it will affect him the rest of his playing career. This is the same Ed Werder who claimed the Colts piped in crowd noise against the Steelers during a regular season game in 2005. Werder based that crowd noise report not off of sources or insider information, but because he assumed that no dome could be that loud. In short, Ed Werder is a putz, and until I see a real journalist report on the severity of Marvin's knee, I'm going to assume he's healing.

It's not clear whether Tony Ugoh will play as well. He suffered a neck stinger against the Jaguars two weeks ago.

I'd like to thank all the New England fans for coming here to talk a little trash and enjoy this game with us. For me, the hype has been nauseating, but I cannot deny how cool this game actually is. Two rivals, who have great teams, meet mid-season to uphold their undefeated records. Both have great coaches. Both have great QBs. Both have great fans. For us Indianapolis folk, this game is yet another example of why it's good to invest in a pro team. This game is hyped as a regular season Super Bowl. Like the AFCCG last season, the game has brought thousands of tourists to Indy, eating in local restaurants, staying in hotels, seeing shows prior to the game, and enjoying the city.

Regardless of the outcome, this game is a win for the city of Indianapolis, and that makes the hype worthwhile.

From a game perspective, the Colts closed practice this week, meaning the media could not see what they were working on. Dungy has done this twice before. Once was prior to the Denver playoff game in 2003. The Colts started Tupe Peko at center while Jeff Saturday played guard and went one-on-one with Denver's premiere pass rusher, Trevor Pryce. Pryce never sniffed Manning, who lit up the Denver defense. Colts won in a route. The second time was last year prior to the Chiefs playoff game. During that game, Dungy unveiled the BSBD, which shut down Larry Johnson and prevented the Chiefs from getting a first down until almost the 4th Quarter. This time around, who knows what Dungy will unveil.

As with each and every week, the game just get harder and harder. New England has a great team, and this is one helluva hard football game. This is how it is when you're one of the best. It's how it always should be. Here's to a good, clean game with no injuries.

Go Colts!!!